Moss Stitch Tutorial (and how to crochet a simple scarf or cowl with it)

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For this tutorial, you will need to be familiar with the basics of creating chains and the single crochet stitch.

The moss stitch (also known as the linen stitch) is a simple and repetitive pattern that is a great beginner project for creating a variety of items. Depending on the yarn and hook used, it can work up to be fairly dense without the appearance of holes or gaps. For this reason, it is a common stitch for washcloths, scarfs and blankets.

Are you ready to learn how the moss stitch? Let’s get started:

Materials Needed:
– Worsted weight yarn (acrylic or cotton)
– 5mm hook (Or whatever hook is appropriate for your yarn)
– Scissors
– Yarn needle

Tutorial:
Begin by chaining an even number of stitches. For the scarf seen in these photos, I chained 34. You may choose to make the width shorter or longer depending on what you are making. Just make sure your stitches are an even number.

Row 1:
Place 1 single crochet into the second chain from your hook. Chain 1 and skip over the next stitch. Place 1 single crochet into the following stitch. Repeat this method of (single crochet, chain *skip stitch*, single crochet, chain, *skip stitch*) until the end of the row. Your final stitch should be a single crochet. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 2:
Place 1 single crochet into the next chain space from the previous row, (the space between the single crochet stitches). Chain 1 and skip the next stitch. Place 1 single crochet into the next chain space. Repeat this pattern (just like in row 1 of single crochet, chain *skip stitch*, single crochet, chain, *skip stitch* ) until the end of the row, ending with a single crochet. Chain 1 and turn.

Repeat row 2 until you reach your desired length. That’s it!

Once you reach the length you like, fasten off and weave in your ends. Easy peasy right?

If you’re not a scarf person, it’s very easy to turn it into a cowl or infinity scarf. Simply stitch your two short ends together and voila!

You can use your new skills and stitch knowledge to create cute little washcloths too! It’s the same method of chaining an even number of stitches and working the single crochet, chain pattern until you reach a square shape. Fasten off, weave in your ends and if you like, add a simple single crochet border into the spaces around it. Check it out!

What will you make with the moss stitch? Let me know! Hop over to my Instagram feed @sweet_bee_crochet or check out the “contact” section of my blog for other ways to get in touch. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

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